Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

July 09, 2010 18:00 ET

Minister Strahl Celebrates the Opening of the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Len Webber, Minister of Aboriginal Relations for Alberta, officially opened the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede venue.

A long-standing tradition since its inception in 1912, the Indian Village affords visitors a glimpse into Alberta's First Nation cultures and traditions.

"I am really proud to take part in this event today and to have the opportunity to share this experience with people from around the world", said Minister Strahl. "This event is an important factor in the economic development of Alberta First Nation communities."

"As a long-time supporter of the Calgary Stampede, I know that the Indian Village generates international awareness of First Nations cultures," said Minister Webber. "It's a great example of a nearly 100-year partnership between Calgary and its neighbouring First Nations within a province that values its positive relationship with Aboriginal people."

The Indian Village is one of the most popular attractions during the Calgary Stampede. For 10 days, the Treaty 7 First Nations of Southern Alberta will raise tipis and re-enact life as it once was for their communities. Activities include Indian games, meat cutting skills demonstrations, dancing, arts and crafts exhibitions and public visits of the tipis. Each year, approximately 1.3 million visitors gather at the Calgary Stampede.

This release is also available on the Internet at www.inac.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160
    or
    Office of the Honourable Len Webber
    Minister of Aboriginal Relations for Alberta
    Press Secretary
    403-288-4453